Confucianism Perspectives

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Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of philosophical and “ethical-sociopolitical teachings” sometimes described as a religion.  Confucianism developed from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BCE).

A Confucian revival began during the Tang dynasty of 618-907AD  in response to Buddhism and Taoism and was reformulated as Neo-Confucianism. The abolition of the Imperial Chinese Examination system in 1905 marked the end of official Confucianism.

The New Culture intellectuals of the early twentieth century blamed Confucianism for China’s weaknesses. They searched for new doctrines to replace Confucian teachings; some of these new ideologies include the “Three Principles of the People” with the establishment of the Republic of China, and then Maoism under the People’s Republic of China. In the late twentieth century, some people credited Confucianism with the rise of the East Asian economy and it enjoyed a rise in popularity both in China and abroad.

With particular emphasis on the importance of the family and social harmony the core of Confucianism is humanistic. Confucianism regards the ordinary activities of human life — and especially in human relationships as a manifestation of the sacred, because they are the expression of our moral nature  which has a transcendent anchorage in Heaven  and a proper respect of the gods.

The worldly concern of Confucianism rests on the belief that human beings are fundamentally good, and teachable, improvable, and perfectible through personal and communal endeavor especially self-cultivation and self-creation. Confucian thought focuses on the cultivation of virtue and maintenance of ethics.

Some of the basic Confucian ethical concepts and practices include: compassion, righteousness, the moral disposition to do good, how a person should properly act in everyday life, and to see what is right and fair. Confucianism holds one in contempt, either passively or actively, for failure to uphold the cardinal moral values of ren and yi.

Ren- “One should see nothing improper, hear nothing improper, say nothing improper, do nothing improper.

Yi- involves a moral disposition to do good, and also the intuition and sensibility to do so competently.

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As a boater you may have Confucianism as your base to spirituality. Please share, in the Comments, your perspective in how boating experiences have enhanced aspects of your faith.   For example, Sunsets and Sunrises are not unusual affirmations of the Creator’s presence.

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